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Minera Lumina’s Chilean copper mine to use renewable energy from 2021

Minera Lumina Copper announced that its Caserones copper asset in north Chile will be powered with energy from renewable sources, including hydropower, starting in January 2021.

The miner has signed a 17-year agreement with Enel to supply 1TWh/year of certified renewable energy, generating annual CO2 emission reductions of 390,000t. According to a press release, Caserones’ energy will come from wind, solar or hydro units and be certified by an independent party.

Chile’s copper commission Cochilco said renewable energy use by the country’s copper industry has reached 10.5% with 2.48TWh/year but is expected to grow to 49%, reaching 13.1TWh/year in the next three years.

Minera Lumina Copper is owned by Japan’s JX Nippon Mining & Metals.

Enel Green Power, within the Enel Group, is dedicated to the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants and is present in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power has a managed capacity of over 46 GW, with a production mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.